- Yemi Osinbajo visited the scene of a building collapse in Abuja on Friday, August 17
- The acting president said the incident is an unfortunate one
- According to him, the whole process of ensuring that those who may be trapped under this collapsed building are rescued is well underway
The acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday, visited the scene of a building collapse in Jabi area of Abuja, Nigeria's capital city.
Osinbajo was at the building site in company of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and the minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Bello.
A statement by the senior special assistant to the acting president on media and publicity, Laouly Akande said Osinbajo assured Nigerians that all relevant public agencies are on ground to ensure rescue operations were effectively carried out.
Also commiserating with victims and relatives of the incident, Osinbajo expressed the hope that those who might still be trapped under the building would be rescued.
The acting president said: “First, I want to say the collapse of this building is a very unfortunate incident. As you know, it was a building under construction. It appears to have collapsed a few hours ago."
"I think that the most important thing at the moment is that we have all of the relief, safety and emergency management agencies all here. NEMA is here, the FCT authorities are here, the Hon. minister himself is here, the executive government is here.
So, the whole process of ensuring that those who may be trapped under this collapsed building are rescued is well underway. As you can see, all of the emergency equipment, help movers and the equipment that are required, are here.
“There is enough for us to expect that they should at least be able to rescue anyone who may still be trapped in this building. I am quite satisfied so far with the level of the activities to ensure that this very unfortunate incident is not made worse by any loss of lives," Osinbajo said.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that one person was reported dead while about 18 others are feared trapped after a building collapsed in Abuja on Friday, August 17.
T the four-storey building was under construction when it collapsed on the workers and food sellers in the Jabi area of the city.
It was also gathered that so, eight people have been rescued, including the site engineer, who had his two legs broken as the building which was abandoned for 15 years collapsed.
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